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"Sovereign", Morningstar Ministries - CD Review

By Mathew Reames on November 14, 2011

Morningstar Ministries has a long legacy of powerful worship -  from Leonard Jones and Don Potter, to John Mark McMillan and Rita Springer. It is safe to say that Morningstar is capable of producing worship music. So when I heard that Morningstar was releasing Sovereign I was pleased.

Sovereign was the collective effort of Morningstar worship leaders David Vallier and Amber Brooks. David has a voice that seems to combine John Mark McMillan with Brian Johnson, and it works for him. Amber, a graduate of Morningstar Ministries University, has a folk inspired voice that really works.

Sovereign was recorded live at Morningstar Fellowship and, as such, all the songs are able to be done with a congregation. The ten songs are split evenly between the two worship leaders.

The highlight song from David Vallier is ‘Open Heart’. The song has an upbeat tone - great to open a worship service - but as the song goes on, it draws down just a bit, to a more focused point. The song speaks of the love of Christ, and the freedom we have in Him. The song has obvious influences in Hillsong and John Mark McMillan, but the blending of those two styles makes this a real treat.

For Amber Brooks, her best offering is ‘Surrender’. The song offers the simple promise of surrender; something that is often viewed as a complicated process. This song has a very drawn back feel to it while not being a soft intimate song of worship. It is a strong song that carries a strong message. This song borrows a bit from the classic ‘I Surrender All’.

I was also taken by the David Vallier offering ‘Ghost’. This song speaks of the Holy Spirit coming like a Ghost, which is probably why many of the early English speaking Christians called him the Holy Ghost. It is a powerful song that holds with it a bit of mystery without being cryptic. This is one I think that may be difficult for the local church because of its tone and language. It is not a simple song, but it is a powerful song. I thoroughly enjoyed this offering.

The album as a whole was quite good, but it didn’t leave me wanting more, as some other albums have. This album, while solid, didn’t capture me and cause me to put it on repeat. There was no weak link in the album, it just didn’t fully gel. This album is definitely worth a listen and the song ‘Surrender’ is something you will probably be wanting to add to your rotation.

-Review by Mathew Reames

(review copy provided by Morningstar Ministries)

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Mathew Reames

Mathew Reames

Mathew is a missionary and a worship leader serving the global body of Christ through worship training, biblical teaching, and evangelism. He resides in Lawrence, KS and Serves at Eagle Rock Church when not on the mission field.